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How to Apply?

Begin by either filling out our application online or download and print a paper application.

Apply Online                               Download an Application

The application process and admission requirements at Northeastern vary depending on applicant type. Before filling out an application, please learn more about our requirements and deadlines below.

When to Apply?

Whether you apply online or submit your application by mail, it is important to meet our application deadline. Deadlines vary for degree seeking, non-degree seeking and international students.

Domestic Applicant Deadlines
International Applicant Deadlines
Fall - July 15
Spring - November 1
Summer I - April 1
Summer II* - May 1
      *Undergraduates only
Fall - July 15
Spring - October 1
Summer I - March 1
Summer II*- April 1
          *Undergraduates only

Freshmen Applicant Instructions

In addition to general application instructions, here are special instructions if you are applying as a freshman.

Should I apply as a freshman?

You are a freshman applicant if:

  • you currently attend high school, or
  • you have graduated from high school and have never attended a college, university or trade school, or
  • you have passed the GED and have never attended a college, university or trade school.

What paperwork do I need to get in order?

Here is what you will need and how you can get it:

  • High school transcript  → Contact your high school and have them send your transcript to Northeastern’s Admissions Office.
  • Official ACT or SAT score reports → Scores can be requested through or sent from your high school counselor.
  • If did not graduate from high school, send your GED. → To order a copy of your GED score report, go to
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide immigration documents and other required documentation in the International Application Instructions, unless your status is not identified.

Freshmen Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Northeastern one of the following needs to be true:

  • Admission is based on an applicant's Admission Decision Score. This score is calculated as follows:
    (ACT Composite) (10) + (CUM GPA) (200) = ADS

    Applicants with an admission decision score of 649 or higher meet full admission requirements. Applicants with an Admission Decision Score between 550 and 648 meet admission requirements and are eligible for admission through our Student Success Programs.


  • Passed the GED (meets above requirements).

In addition, you need to have studied in high school:

  • Four years of language arts
  • Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which must be English
  • Three years of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content
  • Two years of science
  • Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government
  • One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education

These are the minimum requirements for graduating from high school.

Admission through Student Success Programs

Student Success Programs at Northeastern will assist students with a successful academic and social transition to the University by providing programs and services that create a sense of belonging, encourage student engagement and the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, support the identification of a clear academic and career path, and enhance student success. 

For more information about our Student Success Programs, follow the links below.

Carruther's Center for Inner City Studies
El Centro
Project Success
Proyecto Pa'Lante
Wentworth Scholars Program

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